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Urban Dinner Socials ‘Make and Take’ Cooking Class – this SUNDAY – Los Angeles cooking class report

Photo credit: David Kiang Photography.

Photo credit: David Kiang Photography.

Urban Dinner Socials’ inaugural Make and Take Cooking Class, featuring Whittier Backyard Farms local produce, will be held on Sunday, March 23, 2014, at Plant Based Parties in Los Angeles, CA, 4:00-7:00pm.

Participants will learn vegan cooking skills, including how to fit home cooking work into a fast-paced life. Ten menu items, packaged to go home with participants for the week, include wheat-free options.

Urban Dinner Socials, now in its fifth year, uses local produce to make international and comfort foods vegan. The project teaches cooking skills through hands-on kitchen training and a weekly Instagram feed of easy seasonal vegan recipes to make at home.

Ticket prices are $80-120.00, depending on time of purchase.

Want to eat more plant-based foods, but can’t find the time to cook? Urban Dinner Chef Megan Hobza of Urban Dinner Socials shows you how it’s done on Sunday, March 23, 2014, from 4.00–7:00PM. The event, hosted by Plant Based Parties (Jennie Cooks Catering), sends participants home with food for the week. Participants will learn vegan cooking skills with the Urban Dinner Socials localvore vegan gastropub using fresh local produce curated by Whittier Backyard Farms CSA (community supported agriculture). The class will discuss menu planning around seasonal ingredients, take a “shopping trip” in the CSA produce box, and receive one-on-one consults with the chef and assistance from the Urban Dinner Socials kitchen crew.

“You want to buy farmers market veggies or a produce box subscription, but you worry, ‘I won’t have time,’ or, ‘I don’t know how to cook vegetables,’” Urban Dinner Socials director Megan Hobza says, “Our international dinners have shown our dinner guests how tasty plant-based food can be. They want that kind of food every day. The Make and Take Cooking Class is for people who want to rely less on eating out, learn healthy cooking, and eat the food they believe in.”

How it works

They bring the produce of the week from Whittier Backyard Farms, plus the entire Urban Dinner Socials pantry of organic staples and exotic ingredients. Participants will choose the type of dish they’ll make (salad, entree, etc.) and go “shopping” for 6-10 ingredients to make it.  Participants have a Tim Gunn-style consult with Megan Hobza about the recipe, in which instructors help each participant select a recipe from our collection and go over strategies for making it work with the available ingredients. Their experienced kitchen crew will be on hand to assist with shopping, chopping, and cooking techniques.  They’ll have a final tasting and adjustment, and the food will be packed to go at 7:00 p.m.

Photo credit: David Kiang Photography.

Photo credit: David Kiang Photography.

Event details

On Sunday, March 23, 2014, the event starts at 4:00pm at Plant Based Parties (3048 Fletcher Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90065). Take-home vegan dishes include three salads, two soups, three entrees, cake, and ice cream. Tickets cost $80-120, depending on time of purchase, and can be secured here. Ample street parking is available. See additional event details on FB.

Purchase Tickets here. ($80-120.00, depending on time of purchase.)

Urban Dinner Socials, now in its fifth year, uses backyard-farmed produce to make international and comfort foods vegan. For additional information on the Urban Dinner Socials, please see their newsletter archive here.

Make and Take Cooking Class with the Urban Dinner Socials.

Cook your week of meals with the Urban Dinner Socials! You’ll make tasty salads, soups, entrees, and desserts – ten plant-based dishes – using local organic produce curated by Whittier Backyard Farms. You’ll take home three hearty salads, two soups, three entrees, vegan party cake, and cashew ice cream.

How this Class Saves You Money:

Their week of meals costs half, or less, than a similar week of meals delivery service. And, unlike other ‘make and takes,’ your meals include a class to build your skills. They help you prevent waste, too: If you shop at the farmers market or have a produce box subscription, exciting but unfamiliar foods can languish in the fridge. They’ll help you with strategies to get these foods on the table.

How This Class Saves You Time:

Shopping for (or growing) local food takes time – this class taps into the ultra-local sourcing expertise of Whittier Backyard Farms to do your produce shopping for you, at low cost. They train you in the 30-minute vegan menus of Urban Dinner Socials, and crowdsource the time it takes to prepare your week of food. Shopping and cooking that could take 20 hours is finished in three.

How this Class Promotes Health:

With food ready-to-eat in the fridge at home, you can avoid the temptation of eating out. Eating home-cooked healthy vegan food means you skip conventionally-farmed foods, chemicals, and denatured ingredients. In this class, learn how to commit to your healthy daily diet. The instructors also address allergen-free cooking. And of course, everyone cooks with fresh, organic, GMO-free produce.

Questions about the class? Please read their FAQ.

About the organizers:

Megan Hobza, Urban Dinner Socials Chef & Whittier Time Bank Director–

Megan Hobza, a California native, studied English Literature at Whittier College and Business Administration at the La Sierra University School of Business.  Though she is a writing professional, the through line in her avocational life has been food, from her family’s shared culinary experiments to her stint as a food critic to helping found the Altadena Urban Farmers Market.  She has cooked for large groups from the age of 18; her current project is the Urban Dinner Socials localvore vegan gastropub.  She believes growing, preparing, and sharing healthy food is the root of community and camaraderie. In addition to producing events through the Urban Dinner Socials, her directorship of the Whittier Time Bank includes the Build-Your-Skills workshop series, which expands the community’s collective hands-on skills needed to sustain a civilization.

Urban Dinner Socials

Urban Dinner Socials is an experimental pop-up that tests vegan, organic, local approaches to traditional comfort foods in Los Angeles. Kitchen volunteers at all skill levels leave with new skills. Guests are seated at a community table and meet new friends. In four years, over a hundred volunteers and over a thousand guests have participated in our four-course prix fixe vegan dinners. Seven kitchen crew alumni have gone on to food employment. Many of our kitchen crew members are also our CSA farmers.

The Urban Dinner Socials is a time bank member. Founded in January 2010 at HM157 Creative Community Space in Lincoln Heights, the dinner series moved in June 2012 to Plant Based Parties, the commercial kitchen of Jennie Cooks Catering in Atwater.

Urban Dinner Socials projects have included a year of monthly international holiday meals from Chinese New Year to Hanukkah; presentations on human rights by Survivors’ Truths and My Daily Constitution at the Juneteenth and Olympics-themed dinners, respectively; a year of weekly home cooking recipes available on Instagram and Facebook (photo below), ten nonprofit fundraisers; and, weekly newsletters with food stories and recipes.

Get recipes, food stories, and keep up with the new ‘Make and Take Cooking Class’ series through their newsletter.

Whittier Backyard Farms–

Whittier Backyard Farms provides the Whittier area with a CSA of fresh organic backyard produce and food education. What is a CSA? Community Supported Agriculture includes produce box subscriptions and also other ways for community members to invest in local food. Join the Whittier Backyard Farms newsletter for updates on farm days, gardening workshops, artisan products, and produce box subscriptions.

Plant Based Parties (Jennie Cooks Catering)–

The event host, Plant Based Parties, offers plant-based catering for vegans and omnivores. Proprietor Jennie Cook has 25 years of experience in celebrations and event planning around the greater Los Angeles area, and now she’s spreading the word about the deliciousness of the vegan lifestyle.







Travel writing Workshop with Erin Byrne plus Lindsay Taub & Lanee Neil of “The Voyage Vixens” – Los Angeles writers event

Trot & Jot the globe with Erin Byrne & The Voyage Vixens

On Friday, November 8, 7:30-9:30 pm, The Writers Junction in Santa Monica (1001 Colorado Ave. Santa Monica, CA 90401) will host an exclusive workshop with three successful and award-winning travel writers.

In this fun getaway workshop, award-winning travel writers Erin Byrne, Lindsay Taub and Lanee Neil—of “The Voyage Vixens” fame—will share advice on how to make a career out of travel writing, the challenges and benefits of being a freelancer, and the inside scoop on pitching stories.

Come and enjoy an evening of Artisan Wine & Chocolate tasting, compliments of Kendall Jackson Winery and Daphne Chocolatier, paired with a lively Q&A with veteran travel writers, a “deep travel” writing exercise, insider travel tips and anecdotes.

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Travel writing Workshop with Erin Byrne & The Voyage Vixens


The Writers Junction

1001 Colorado Ave,

Santa Monica, CA 90401


Friday, November 8, 2013

7:30—9:30 pm


$15.00 ($10.00 for Writers Junction members.)

Purchase Tickets here.


Host Bios:


Lanee Neil.

Lanee Neil.

The Voyage Vixens.

Lanee Neil and Lindsay Taub are the Voyage Vixens, an online brand promoting travel, adventure, and saying “yes!” around the globe via their website and their YouTube series.

Lindsay Taub.

Lindsay Taub.

Between the two of them, they’ve been to more than 42 countries on four continents and counting. They are endlessly in search of gritty girlfriend getaways, romantic love nests (to take their men back to), cultural immersion, and last but NOT least, opportunities to experience scream-your-lungs-out daredevil stunts.



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For more on The Voyage Vixens, visit their website.




Erin Byrne.

Erin Byrne.



Erin Byrne.

Erin Byrne’s writing has been published in literary journals, magazines, anthologies, and online publications, including Points North Atlanta magazine, World Hum, Travelers’ Tales Best Travel Writing anthologies, Crab Creek Review, and Vestoj – The Journal of Sartorial Matters. She has won 26 awards to date, including the 2013 Bronze Solas Award for Travel Story of the Year.

Her award-winning anthology, VIGNETTES & POSTCARDS: Writings From the Evening Writing Workshop At Shakespeare and Company Bookstore, Paris, has garnered the Next Generation Indie Book Award for Anthology, was a Foreword Reviews’ Book of the Year Finalist, an International Book Award Finalist, and received Honorable Mentions in the San Francisco Book Festival and Paris Book Festival.

Erin hosts literary salons and teaches Deep Travel workshops with writer Christina Ammon in Paris and around the world.

For more info on Erin Byrne, please visit her website. Follow her on twitter.



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The Capitoline Lion Attacking a Horse – lecture at the Getty Villa

Lion Attacking a Horse, end of 4th century B.C. Greek. Marble. Sovraintendenza ai Beni Culturali di Roma Capitale – Musei Capitolini.

In the earliest days of the Roman Empire, the symbol of Rome’s power was a massive marble lion savaging a horse.  Having traveled outside Rome for the first time in over two millennia, this sublime sculpture is now on view at the Getty Villa.

On December 8, 2012 explore the fascinating history of the Lion Attacking a Horse in a gallery course with curators Claire Lyons and Mary Louise Hart.

The violent yet beautiful sculpture is the centerpiece of a special installation at the Getty Villa until February 4, 2013.   The course will trace its Hellenistic roots through its impact on Michelangelo and Renaissance artists to its function as an icon of civic power.


Beauty and Dominance: The Capitoline Lion Attacking a Horse – LECTURE

Saturday, December 8, 2012

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

At the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Villa

The course fee is $35.00

Tickets are available by calling 310-440-7300 or by visiting their official website.



On loan from the Capitoline Museums in Rome, the spectacular Lion Attacking a Horse will be on view at the Getty Villa from August 10, 2012 to February 4, 2013. Presented for the first time outside Rome, where it has not been on public view since 1925, the sculpture will be the centerpiece of a special installation that traces its history from antiquity to the modern era and showcases recent conservation work undertaken in Rome.

Part of “The Dream of Rome,” a project initiated by the Mayor of Rome Giovanni Alemanno to exhibit timeless masterpieces from the city of Rome in the United States, the installation will also include related works from the Getty Museum and Getty Research Institute’s collections.

“We are thrilled to have on view at the Getty Villa the celebrated Lion Attacking a Horse, which is one of the most storied sculptures to have survived from antiquity,” says Claire Lyons, Acting Senior Curator of Antiquities. “As the earliest work of ancient art recorded on the Capitoline Hill, it marks the beginning of the world’s oldest public art museum.”

Depicting the figure of a fallen horse succumbing to the claws and fangs of a ferocious lion, the monumental group dates to the early Hellenistic period (the late 4th century B.C.), when Greek sculptors began to produce naturalistic portrayals of intense emotion and physical exertion. Although the original location of the sculpture is unknown, its massive scale and dramatic carving suggest that it embellished a monument in northern Greece or Asia Minor (present-day Turkey). Created in the era of Alexander the Great’s conquest of Asia, the sculpture may have formed part of a larger composition with a melee of wild beasts and mounted hunters, which commemorated the young king’s famous lion-hunting exploits at Sidon (present-day Lebanon) in 332 B.C. and a royal game preserve in Basista (present-day Uzbekistan) in 328–327 B.C.

The sculpture was eventually brought to Rome, most likely as war booty seized by a victorious general for display in the imperial capital. It was ultimately discovered in the streambed near the Circus Maximus, a stadium used for chariot races, gladiatorial games, and animal combats. The work was first mentioned in an archival document in 1300.

By 1347, the sculpture was prominently displayed on the Capitoline Hill in Rome, the seat of the city’s civic administration. During this time, Renaissance Rome was experiencing a great rebirth of interest in its glorious ancient past, which served as a model for the present. Remains of antiquity, such as Lion Attacking a Horse, were among the earliest expressions of the Renaissance spirit.

The work was initially installed on the staircase of the Palazzo Senatorio in the Piazza del Campidoglio on the Capitoline Hill. Presiding over an area used for pronouncing judicial sentences since antiquity, this powerful image of domination and retribution served as a symbol of Rome for over a century. In 1471 Pope Sixtus IV transferred a group of ancient bronze sculptures, including the famous statue of a she-wolf suckling the twins Romulus and Remus, from the Lateran Palace to the Piazza del Campidoglio, as reminders of “ancient excellence and virtue.” Mounted on the facade of the Palazzo dei Conservatori, the she-wolf replaced the lion-and-horse image as the emblem of Rome. Lion Attacking a Horse was moved to various places on the Capitoline until it was eventually installed in the center of a fountain in the Caffarelli Garden in 1925.

Throughout the late Middle Ages and the early Renaissance, the sculpture was a battered fragment consisted only of an equine torso and feline foreparts. In 1594, Michelangelo’s student Ruggero Bascapé (Italian, active by 1580, died about 1600) replaced the horse’s head and both animals’ missing limbs and tails. His restoration of the horse, with its head straining forward and its lower back leg folded awkwardly beneath its body, was not well received at the time.

Much admired by Michelangelo, who praised the colossal fragment as “most marvelous,” Lion Attacking a Horse was a compelling model for generations of artists who studied in Rome. It features in several 16th-century illustrations which show the work before and after restoration, and became the prototype for numerous small and large scale replicas. The installation at the Getty Villa will include a 1585 engraving by Giovanni Battista de’ Cavalieri from the Getty Research Institute, illustrating the sculpture prior to Bascapé’s additions. A 17th-century bronze statuette by Antonio Susini from the Department of Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the Getty Museum renders the horse’s head turned back toward the lion, a dynamic solution that reflects the likely composition of the original Greek sculpture. Also on view at the Getty Villa, but not part of the special installation, is a Roman mosaic of a lion attacking an onager, a scene that helps viewers visualize the original appearance of the Capitoline sculpture. Lion combats also appear on a set of Parthian silver horse-trappings, demonstrating the popularity of the theme in various media, including vase-painting, coins, and gems.

The ancient sculpture was also the model for the image of a jaguar assaulting a zebra on a French tapestry, The Striped Horse from The Old Indies series, which will go on display at the Getty Center in concert with the Villa installation.

In the spring of 2012, the Capitoline Museums undertook an analysis of the ancient workmanship and historical interventions, repaired breaks, and cleaned the stone. The result of this conservation project will be presented to the public for the first time at the Getty Villa.

Lion Attacking a Horse from the Capitoline Museums, Rome is co-organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Sovraintendenza ai Beni Culturali di Roma Capitale — Musei Capitolini. The special installation at the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa was realized with the generous support of the Knights of Columbus and the Getty Museum’s Villa Council. The sculpture will return to Rome after its exhibition at the Getty Villa, where it will be placed on display among other masterpieces of classical sculpture at the Capitoline Museums.

About the Capitoline Museums
Founded in 1471 by Pope Sixtus IV with the donation to the Roman people of the great Lateran bronzes, the Musei Capitolini is the oldest public art museum in the world. It is comprised of two buildings, the Palazzo dei Conservatori and the Palazzo Nuovo, which, together with the Palazzo Senatorio, surround the Piazza del Campidoglio on the Capitoline Hill in Rome.

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The J. Paul Getty Trust is an international cultural and philanthropic institution devoted to the visual arts that includes the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Research Institute, the Getty Conservation Institute, and the Getty Foundation. The J. Paul Getty Trust and Getty programs serve a varied audience from two locations:  the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Getty Villa in Malibu.

The J. Paul Getty Museum collects in seven distinct areas, including Greek and Roman antiquities, European paintings, drawings, manuscripts, sculpture and decorative arts, and photographs gathered internationally. The Museum’s mission is to make the collection meaningful and attractive to a broad audience by presenting and interpreting the works of art through educational programs, special exhibitions, publications, conservation, and research.

Visiting the Getty Villa

The Getty Villa is open Wednesday through Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed Tuesday and major holidays. Admission to the Getty Villa is always free. A ticket is required for admission. Tickets can be ordered in advance, or on the day of your visit, here or at (310) 440-7300. Parking is $15 per car. Groups of 15 or more must make reservations by phone. For more information, call (310) 440-7300 (English or Spanish); (310) 440-7305 (TTY line for the deaf or hearing impaired). The Getty Villa is at 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades, California.

Additional information is available at
Sign up for e-Getty here to receive free monthly highlights of events at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa via e-mail, or visit their site for a complete calendar of public programs.


*TONIGHT* IWOSC ALL-STARS 1: A Hot Half-Dozen Authors Tell How They Write, Publish and Promote

Independent Writers of Southern California (IWOSC)

Presents a Panel Discussion:

IWOSC ALL-STARS 1:  A Hot Half-Dozen Authors Tell How They Write, Publish and Promote

From Memoir to Mystery, Peanut Butter to Charley Parkhurst, Filmmaking to Therapy, You’ll Learn and be Entertained by These Authors

Monday, November 19, 2012

7:30 PM sharp – until 9PM

Veterans Memorial Building 
4117 Overland (at Culver Boulevard)
Culver City, California – FREE parking adjacent to the building; enter on Culver

Join them tonight, when the Independent Writers of Southern California presents the first “IWOSC ALL-STARS” panel discussion.

Six authors, all members of the 30-year-old writers organization, will share stories of how they wrote, published, and promoted their new books.  Fiction, nonfiction, biography, how-to, mystery:  it’s a mixed bag, and these stars will shine.

You’ll learn:

-           their writing process
-           their writing history
-           how they researched their topics
-           how they got published (agent and traditional publisher, or self-published)
-           how they market and promote their books
-           what promotional activities translate into sales
-           and more!
-           We’ll also have time for your questions
-           Books will be available for sale and signing


•  SYLVIA CARY,”The Therapist Writer”  (how-to; reference)

•  KAREN KONDAZIAN, “The Whip”  (historical fiction)

•  JON KRAMPNER, “Creamy & Crunchy: An Informal History of Peanut Butter, the All-           American Food”   (nonfiction) 

•  ESTER BENJAMIN SHIFREN, “Hiding In a Cave of Trunks: A Prominent Jewish Family’s     Century in Shanghai and Internment in a WWII POW Camp”•  JOE WALLENSTEIN, “Practical Moviemaking: A Handbook for the Real World”       (nonfiction, how-to)  

•  MARVIN J. WOLF, “The Tattooed Rabbi” (fiction, mystery)


•  FLO SELFMAN, Public Relations Consultant, Proofreader-Copyeditor, and President, IWOSC.             Contributing writer to Media Magnetism: How to Attract the Favorable Publicity You             Want and Deserve

Monday, November 19. Panel begins at 7:30 pm sharp, followed by networking.

Veterans Memorial Auditorium,

4117 Overland (at Culver), Culver City, CA.

FREE parking. Enter on Culver.

Admission:  $15 general admission.

IWOSC members are free.


E-MAIL RESERVATIONS REQUIRED — Reservations by email only. Email [email protected] to make your reservation to this event. Please write “IWOSC Reservation” in the subject line. You will receive a confirming email from IWOSC, and your name will be on a list at check-in. For proof of your reservation, bring a printout of your email or show a smartphone version of your “sent” email or confirmation. Please arrive by 7:15 pm to be seated. Doors open to everyone at 7:15 and people will be admitted as space permits. Reservations close at 5 pm Sunday 11/18.  Walk-ins permitted, if there is space. Information: (310) 773-8075. If you reserve and can’t attend, please notify the office, [email protected] . 

LOCATION: Veterans Memorial Building, 4117 Overland (at Culver Blvd.), Culver City, California. FREE parking adjacent to the building; enter on Culver. (Wear layered clothing.  The room is usually comfortable, but the temperature can vary.)
IWOSC, the Independent Writers of Southern California, is a nonprofit association, now celebrating its 30th anniversary, providing support, tools, and resources to help self-employed professional writers in Southern California since 1982.

Please visit us at our official website.

Speaker bios:

•  SYLVIA CARY, LMFT, a licensed psychotherapist in the Los Angeles area, specializes in addiction. She is the author of five published books, five produced educational films, and numerous articles which have appeared in dozens of national magazines. She was the recipient of the Clark Vincent Award by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to honor her literary contributions to the mental health profession. For over a decade, she has had a “book-doctor” business focused on helping other mental health professionals get published.  Her newest book is “The Therapist Writer,” a comprehensive, easy to follow publishing manual for therapists who write, published by her own imprint, Timberlake Press.

•  KAREN KONDAZIAN is well known as a theater actress — playing the women of Tennessee Williams. She won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for “The Rose Tattoo.” After Williams saw her performance, they became friends, and he eventually gave her permission to produce any of his plays in his lifetime. One of her favorite Williams roles was starring opposite Ed Harris in “Sweet Bird of Youth.”  She has also appeared as series regular lead in CBS’s “Shannon,” and has guest-starred in over 50 television shows.  Kondazian’s debut novel, “The Whip,” is a historical novel inspired by the true story of Charlotte “Charley” Parkhurst (1812-1879). “The Whip” was featured on the cover of Publishers Weekly Magazine (3/26/12). The audio version of the book, recorded by Robin Weigert (“Deadwood”), will be released November 15, 2012.

•  JON KRAMPNER is the author of “Creamy and Crunchy: An Informal History of Peanut Butter, the All-American Food,” which will be published this month by Columbia University Press. His first book was “The Man in the Shadows: Fred Coe and the Golden Age of Television,”  which Publishers Weekly called “diligent and inviting,” adding, “Krampner weaves Coe’s story with solid writing, subtle humor and a slavish devotion to detail.”  His second book was “Female Brando: The Legend of Kim Stanley,” which Kirkus called “a steadily turning kaleidoscope of vivid, unsettling images.” Sadly, his only award is a Dishonorable Mention from the Bulwer-Lytton Contest, which encourages participants to write the worst possible opening sentence for a novel. He is as longtime IWOSC member.

•  ESTER BENJAMIN SHIFREN is a published author, artist, musician, and dynamic international speaker. In 2005, in England, she was featured in the BBC1 program “We’ll Meet Again,” and was a guest lecturer for several days at the Imperial War Museum.  Ester’s book “Hiding in a Cave of Trunks” details all facets of Shanghai’s colorful multi-ethnic population and relates the saga of her family’s century-long existence in China. In 1943 their privileged lifestyle was abruptly terminated by internment in a Japanese POW camp. In 1948 they relocated to Hong Kong, where the Korean War embargo eventually caused their financial collapse. Endorsed as a “must read” by authorities on Shanghai’s Jewish history, Chinese Professors Pan Guang and Xu Xin, and Jerusalem Professor Yitzchak Kerem, authority on Sephardic and Eastern Jewry.

•  JOE WALLENSTEIN is Director of Physical Production at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, overseeing and administering all aspects of filming by the more than 700 students making approximately 1500 films each year. His new book, “Practical Moviemaking: A Handbook for the Real World” (McFarland Publishing), is finding its way into film school curriculums around the world. During his long career, Wallenstein was first or second assistant director on dozens of films including “The Godfather,” and worked for internationally renowned photojournalist and director Gordon Parks on his action police drama “Supercops.”  He worked on numerous television pilots for Paramount, Universal, NBC, CBS, and ABC, produced the CBS mini-series “Dallas: The Early Years” and the first four years of the hit television series “Knots Landing,” also writing and directing numerous episodes.

•  MARVIN J. WOLF   An award-winning journalist and photojournalist, Wolf is the author of 15 books, including a novel, “The Tattooed Rabbi” (Antenna Books, NY 2011). His books include memoirs written with three of the 20th century’s most interesting men: ABC Television founder Leonard Goldenson, Native American leader and screen actor Russell Means, and former South Vietnam prime minister Nguyen Cao Ky. Wolf is also a screenwriter; his screenplay for “Ladies Night,” a USA Network original motion picture, was based on his own book. He recently completed a Vietnam War memoir and is working on a sequel to “The Tattooed Rabbi,” and on a nonfiction account of a Medal of Honor nominee’s heroic ordeal.  A charter member of IWOSC, Wolf served four terms as president and three as director of professional development.


FLO SELFMAN has created and implemented PR campaigns for celebrities, theatre productions, arts festivals, books and authors. She is an in-demand copy editor-proofreader; recent books include “The Food Is My Friend Diet” by Ruth Frechman, “The Therapist Writer” by Sylvia Cary, LMFT, and “The Everyday Space Traveler” by Jason Klassi.  Flo teaches lively grammar/punctuation review workshops for adults. Awards include “Best Book Tie-In Award” from Book Publicists of Southern California. Flo is a contributing writer to the new book “Media Magnetism: How to Attract the Favorable Publicity You Want and Deserve.”  She has been president (pro bono) of IWOSC since 2003.


IWOSC’s Holiday party Bash at the Biltmore!  Thursday, December 6, 2012. See

“IWOSC Reads Its Own”   Sunday, January 20, 2013, 2-4 pm Vroman’s Books, Pasadena



Creative Photography Workshop at SUBLIMINAL

SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS is teaming up with the Creative Photography Workshop to offer an 8-week course on the basics of photography and manual camera skills. The course brings students up to speed on new camera technology and teaches you how to visually explore and experience your surroundings from behind the lens.

Creative practical assignments will be given. Students must bring their own fully charged camera and owners manual. Laptops are welcome. This course is hands-on, fun, and develops both practical and artistic skills.

Classes will take place every Wednesday from 10 AM to 12 PM @ SUBLIMINAL, located in Echo Park.

First class is November 28, 2012 and the program runs through February 6, 2013.

Cost of one 8-week course is $440.

Class size is no larger than 10 people.

***There are no classes the last week of December or the first week of January.***

Please visit their website for more information and to sign up.

Questions can be sent to [email protected].

Class schedule info here.

1331 W. Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

T. (213) 213-0078
F. (213) 213-0077
[email protected]